So I made this bed by my front porch, by cementing giant 2x2' tiles in place.
Wanting a perennial source of food there I settled on asparagus, but there were none in the stores by that point.
Luckily, when my sister took me to our localpermaculture for my birthday, they had some there.
So, here are some photos of the bed and it's contents.
I was/am a little worried about the bunny hay breaking down, so I grabbed handfuls of comfrey to put on top.
I know the biomass will settle, probably quite a bit and I'm hoping that that will translate into a sheltered place for the asparagus.
The tile bed is hopefully the first of many, I was pleasantly surprised how strong it turned out.
Deep mulch works great on asparagus, preventing weeds that can be a problem hidden under all the lush foliage in the summer. And spears shoot right up through most kinds of mulch. I hear that to get earlier asparagus, you should remove the mulch in spring from one section of the bed, and then restore the mulch when you've finished harvesting.
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I was wondering about how well the tile was going to work. Sounds like a pretty cool material to work with. I am glad that it is strong and working out for you. That will be pretty cool to see a whole lot of those planters. I dearly need to rejuvenate my asparagus bed and I may borrow some of your techniques.
As may not be surprising for me, rejuvenating my asparagus will involve a raised bed, lots and lots of wood chips and wine cap mushrooms to decay the wood and add copious fertility. I might add in some comfrey to boot.
Some places need to be wild
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Location: Ladakh, Indian Himalayas at 10,500 feet, zone 5